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Worried About Changes in Behaviour?

Self-Assessments & Other Resources

Consider completing one of the following self-assessments and/or visit some of the following web pages to access further information and tools. Remember to follow up with a family physician, nurse practitioner, or other health care professional.

The following is a short list among the many resources available on the web on these topics:

The Shifting Focus Guide

The Shifting Focus Guide contains numerous strategies for responsive behaviours. In order to better understand the behaviour’s true meaning, consider the following questions regarding what happened before, during and after the event:


  • Physical – Are her basic needs met? Is she in discomfort or pain? What changes in her physical condition do I see (e.g. grimacing, eating patterns, energy level)?
  • Intellectual – Has he experienced recent changes in his memory? Has he been showing new impulsive behaviours (e.g. swearing, sexual behaviour)? Is he struggling with speech or sequenced tasks (e.g. getting dressed)?
  • Emotional – Have you noticed increased tearfulness or anxiety? Does he seem lonely? Has he exhibited any new or unusual behaviour (e.g. suspicious of others)?
  • Capabilities – Can your Mom do more than you realize? Does your husband understand that he may need help?
  • Environment – Is there too much noise or too large of a crowd around your friend? Is the lighting poor, making it hard for him to navigate? Is there enough stimulation?
  • Social – Do her childhood, early adulthood or employment experiences offer insight? What do I know about his religion or culture? (Adapted from the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, 2014).


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